A woman who bought a red sweatshirt from a thrift store may have been familiar with the concept that wealth whispers.
“It looked expensive, and it has great quality,” they wrote of their decision to research the item, which turned out to be an Ambush Multi Cord Hoodie.
“Awesome score for mom! You are rocking it,” one person wrote.
“This is one of my all-time favorite pieces! … Congrats on the find,” another Redditor said.
And with finds like the Ambush sweatshirt — along with others like a Dolce and Gabbana dress and a crystal Cartier ice bucket — it is not hard to see why people are turning to secondhand stores to save both money and the environment.
The UN Environment Programme noted that the fashion industry produces 2-8% of planet-warming carbon pollution worldwide, and the average person is buying 60% more clothing but keeping it for “half as long.”
That overconsumption is reflected in our landfills, which get inundated with more than 100 million tons of textile waste each year that can contaminate water as it breaks down.
As detailed by the Boston University School of Public Health, some unwanted clothing from the U.S. gets sent overseas, creating pollution during the transportation process and ultimately being discarded in a way that leads to flooding and disease in countries with less infrastructure.
“What a steal!” one person said.
“This is [why] we thrift!!!! Amazing. Love it,” another wrote.
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